4 Apr

AustralienOne year has gone since Himmerland vent to Australia and New Zealand to tour for 22 days. This tour brought us to the National Folk Festival in Canberra, which was a wonderful experience. Ever since then we have worked on being able to return to Australia, and now it is happening. Himmerland has been invited to perform at FolkWorld Fairbridge Festival in the western part of Australia. In Fairbridge they describe Himmerland as “Adrenaline-infused Scandinavian roots music with an African heartbeat”. The festival is happening in the weekend 25th – 27th of April, which is in the Australian autumn when the temperature is down where it is good for out door activities. On our way to Fairbridge we will lperform at venues in the Sydney area, and once more at the National Folk Festival in in Canberra. We wil also do a couple concerts in Melbourne, so all in all we will appear at venues and festivals across Australia from the 17th to the 27th of April. We are very much looking forward to meet all of you, and to introduce you to some of the very new material that we are working on right now, and that we are going to record for our new album in May. You can read more about FolkWorld Fairbridge Festival at: and about National Folk Festival:


10 Mar
Himmerland hos Eskil Romme i Halkær i Himmerland

Himerland visiting Eskil Romme in Halkær, Himmerland

We in the Danish band Himmerland are working very hard these days to get some new tunes and songs on the repetoire for our upcoming tour in Denmark. The tour starts on March 18th and continues until March 22nd, and we will play new music by the band members, music that was never performed in public before. We have a couple of traditional songs in new arrangements, and new music composed together or by each of us. Come and listen and let us know what you think – the venues is in the calendar of this site. We are looking forward to see you soon! More info at:


24 Jan
Bugge får hug!

Kristian is getting som beating by Sonnich during the concert at Copenhagen Folk Club

Now the Danish trio, Sonnich Lydom (accordion), Kristian Bugge (violin) and Morten Alfred Høirup (guitar) has yet new video for you. This live version of the two traditional Danih dance tunes, “Kontra Firtur” and “Wienerkvadrille”, was recorded at a new years concert at Copenhagen Folk Club on the 29th of December 2013. Click here to watch the video! You can get more info about the trio at


19 Dec
Jensen, Bugge & Høirup i Montmagny, fransk-canada 2013

Jensen, Bugge & Høirup in Montmagny, French Canada 2013

The year 2013 turned out to be a really exciting year with lots of unforgettable experiences and challenges, and everything is suggesting that 2014 will be at least as eventfull

The old year offered some very nice concerts at dozens of Danish and international venues and festivals, from Tórshavn Domkirke (cathedral) in the Faroe Islands, and the old movie theater in the small French – Canadian town, Montmagny, to Devonport Folk Club in the abandoned bunker on the local mountain, with a beautiful view over New Zealand’s Auckland by night.

Unfortunately, we lost the great old accordionist Thyspillemand Karl Skaarup in November, but he will not be forgotten. We got to celebrate his 85th anniversary as a musician in Vestervig Church in October, and he will continue to inspire all of us who have met him and played with him and listened to him!

The new year will offer plenty of music recordings and concerts in Denmark and abroad, with both the band Himmerland as well as with accordionist Mette Kathrine Jensen and violinist Kristian Bugge. In addition, the American Café Orchestra is meeting in Finland in late June to teach and play on Haapavesi Folk Festival, and Lydom, Bugge & Høirup will be traveling all over Denmark playing traditional Danish music.

During the year of 2014, I will travel in Denmark and Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy and Australia, and I ‘m already looking forward to meeting all of you. Have a wonderful Christmas and a wonderful New Year !

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11 Nov
Himmerland spiller koncert 2013

Himmerland performing 2013

Himmerland’s album “New Roots Music from Denmark” was just nominated for a Danish Music Award (Danish “Grammy”). We are hoping for the best, but we know very well that the competition is hard on the top. The Galla Award Show is going to be held on the 30th of November 2013. Meanwhile our preparation for the next album has already started, and it looks great already. Follow the band on

I have been so lucky recieve seven DMAs with my former duo, Haugaard & Høirup, one with my father, the tradition carrier Fin Alfred Larsen, and one DMA of honour in 2012. But it is still very exciting!


7 Nov
Lydom, Bugge & Høirup i Københavns gader 2013

Lydom, Bugge & Høirup in the streets of Copenhagen 2013

Sonnich Lydom (Harmonica and accordion), Kristian Bugge (Violin) og I are visiting the little Danish island Læsø which is situated in the very north of Denmark in Kattegat between Frederikshavn and Göteborg. We will perform our program of traditional Danish songs and tunes in the little yellow Østerby Kirke (Østerby Church).

It’s only our third concert together in this little trio, and I am very much looking forward to this – not only to play with the trio, men also to visit Læsø where I have never been before. This is one of the privileges that we have being traveling musicians: We get well around and we meet a lot of fantastic people and communities. Læsø has been on my wishlist for a long time, and I am sure that it would be a pretty good idea have a look at a couple of the famous Læsø tunes before the concert, don’t you think?

Click here to see Lydom, Bugge and Høirup performing a couple of good old Danish reels in the streets of Copenhagen, only interupted by a lady in pink who gets very happy.


7 Nov
American Café Orchestra 2012

American Café Orchestra 2012

American Café Orchestra is a trio featuring the unique musicianship of fiddler Ruthie Dornfeld (W.A., The US), and bass, flute and jaws harp player Tapani Varis (Finland), and then of course myself, guitarist and singer, Morten Alfred Høirup (Copenhagen, Denmark). The three of us has played together on and off for many years, the band has released four recordings with traditional music from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, The US, Venezuela, Hungary, Brazil and more, and in 2012, we recorded the album “Nightmare Polka”, with all new music composed by the three of us.

The band has toured in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany and The US, and in late June 2014 we will meet in Finland to teach at the Haapavesi Summer School, and to perform at Haapavesi Folk Music Festivall in the provinse of Oulu in Ostrobothnia.


22 Oct
Himmerland 2013

Himmerland 2013

The Folk/World band, Himmerland, will be recording their second album in May 2014, this time with compositions by all the band members, plus a few traditional songs. Himmerland released their first album, “New Roots Music from Denmark” in August 2012, an album that has gotten very good reviews, especially outside Denmark.

The band has been traveling, presenting the album in Europe, Russia, Ukraine, South America, Canada, Austrlaia and new Zealand.

During the coming months everybody in the band will be working composing, arranging and rehearsing the music for the album. Then we will be ready to record and tour this new music in Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Australia, Scotland and more. The album is expected to be released in the fall 2014.

Please go to Himmerland’s website to read more about the band and to watch videos from venues and festivals around the world. Go to:


7 Oct
Karl Skaarup i Vestervig Kirke omgivet af danske folkemusikere

Karl Skaarup surrounded by Danish folk musicians in Vestervig Kirke

Around 500 happy guests found their way to Vestervig Kirke (Vestervig Curch), the largest village church in the all Nordic countries, to pay their tribute to the Danish accordionist Karl Skaarup’s 85th anniversary as a traditional musician. Through out the afternoon the old master is celebrated with speaches, songs and music, directed by former radio host Alan Kligaard. Orchestras and musicians from all over Denmark join in to show their respect and to play with the old man, who himself add to the excitement by playing a few very touching solo tunes.

As an extra tribute the many guests performed Skaarup’s song “Lillys Vals” (Lilly’s Waltz) for Skaarup and his love. After this Karl expressed his apreciation, and many of the guests continued their journey to Hørdum Kro (Hørdum Inn), where the had dinner and danced all night – together with Karl and Lilly of cause.

Click here to see a short video from the very beginning of the concert.


4 Oct
Himmerland, Simon Høirup og The Shoreline Stay på Dexter i Odense

Himmerland, Simon Høirup and The Shoreline Stay at Dexter in Odense

On Saturday October 12th three pretty different Danish bands awill perform at Dexter’s in Odense. What do we have in common? Well, we all feature a guitar player from the Høirup family. Simon Høirup Band play blues-rock with the guitar player Simon Høirup in front, The shorline Stay plays a blend of singer-songwriter material and pop, featuring the guitar player Thomas Høirup, and Himmerland plays folk-world music with me playing the guitar!

See you there?

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